MPO circulates options for SouthShore circulator bus

slider_SouthShoreTransitCirculatorStudyIn November, the Hillsborough MPO and HART kicked off the SouthShore Transit Circulator Study. The purpose of this study is to reevaluate the transit needs of this rapidly growing community south of the Alafia River.

At three public meetings, residents and business people identified priorities and key destinations such as major retail centers, SouthShore Service Center, and Hillsborough Community College, as well as emerging destinations such as the Amazon distribution center, St Joseph’s Hospital, and the regional mall planned at Big Bend Rd and I-75.

This input was used to draft four route options:

  1. Bus HART FLEXEnhancements to existing routes, what’s included in HART’s Transit Development Plan, plus a connection to Fishhawk
  2. A ‘figure 8’ configuration with routes on Gibsonton Dr, US 41, Big Bend Rd, US 301, and SR 674 HARTFlex circulator bus
  3. One-way loops operating in the northern and southern parts of SouthShore, connecting with local routes to Brandon Mall and Fishhawk
  4. Two-way loops operating in the northern and southern parts of SouthShore


There’s time for you to weigh in on these options! Take our survey to give your input. The survey closes March 18th. The findings will be presented to the community on March 18th at a public meeting at the SouthShore Regional Library at 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. The final report will be presented to the MPO and HART Boards for final adoption.

For more information on the transit circulator study, you can visit the project website or contact Sarah McKinley at 813.273.2774 x382 or